America is breaking its promises. Under Obama, thousands of law-abiding immigrant families were granted leniency from deportation. Since early 2017, however, 40,000 people have been detained, often for mere suspicion of illegal entry. Among those detained is a woman who fled from domestic violence in Mexico and found safety in the United States. Despite having applied for a Visa, and being an activist for her community, she now wears an electronic ankle bracelet and faces deportation. Other victims are an Indian man who lived in the US for decades, and a Mexican mother who was out shopping with her young, US-born daughter. These emboldened immigrant arrests are made under the pretense of "keeping America safe."
However, ICE arrests of noncriminal immigrants have nearly doubled since January. In places like New York City, law-abiding families are being detained at rates over three times as high as before 2017. At the pinnacle of hypocrisy, ICE arrests of immigrants with criminal records have concurrently dropped. American is breaking its promises, not only to these people, but to the philosophy of refuge etched onto the Statue of Liberty. If you are concerned by this, you are encouraged to participate at the rally on Saturday and make your voice be heard!